Unpaid additional hours are wage theft

Posted on
October 17, 2022
Social Community and Disability Sector

8 hours and 15 minutes is not on

We've recently heard from some members at North West Support Services that their sleepover times have changed during the week.

Workers said where they once were rostered for a sleepover shift from 10.30pm–6.30am, they are now being rostered from 10.15pm–6.30am, taking the sleepover period to 8 hours and 15 minutes.

If this is the case, then providers are in breach of workplace agreements, which clearly state that employees who are required to perform sleepover duties are to do so for an 8-hour period. It doesn’t say 8 hours and 15 minutes.

While 15 minutes may not seem long, if you add that up over the course of your roster, that is a lot of time you are not being paid to work.

Are you in disability care and being rostered to do sleepovers for longer than 8 hours? If so, we need to hear from you! We will be chasing up this issue with on behalf of affected workers and you may well be entitled to back pay. Get into contact with us at HACSUassist on 1300 880 032.

Don’t miss out and let employers pocket your money.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au or complete our online contact form

Social Community and Disability Sector